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  • Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art

    October 19, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Presented by:
Akron Art Museum
About the Event:

According to a 2015 Entertainment Software Association survey, 155 million Americans play video games. Visual artists are gamers too, yet video games are rarely examined as a major influence on contemporary art. Open World draws attention to this phenomenon through the presentation of artworks including painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists. The artworks in Open World reference a broad cross-section of games, ranging from early text adventure and arcade games to modern massively multi-player online roleplaying games and first-person shooters. Participating artists are influenced by some of the most beloved video game franchises including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, The Sims and Final Fantasy. The exhibition’s title refers to open-world video games, which allow a player to roam through a virtual world, freely selecting their objectives. The title also draws attention to the rich opportunities video games offer for creative expression. Through games, artists build immersive, alternate words. They use digital games to create meaning through imagery, music, sound effects, animation and narrative. The rules governing the experience of playing a video game can express a viewpoint and encourage critical thinking or empathy by directing the player’s attention to systems at work within the real world. Open World Arcade As part of Open World, the Akron Art Museum will present a day-long juried arcade of indie video games and table top games from developers, students and game-creators. Open World Arcade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm. Games presented in the arcade are judged by a panel of museum staff and video game professionals based on novelty, professional polish, aesthetics, quality of game experience and “wow factor.” The artists participating in Open World include: Ueli Alder (Hemberg, Switzerland), Cory Arcangel (New York), Alan Butler (Dublin), JooYoung Choi (Houston), Joseph DeLappe (Dundee, Scotland), Krista Hoefle (South Bend, IN), Invader (France), Butt Johnson (New York), Angelo Ray Martínez (South Bend, IN), Michael Menchaca (San Antonio), Feng Mengbo (Beijing), Joan Pamboukes (New York), Oliver Payne (Los Angeles), Tim Portlock (St. Louis), Tabor Robak (New York), Rachel Rossin (New York), Jacolby Satterwhite (New York), Skawennati (Montreal), Suzanne Treister (London), Nathan Vincent (Los Angeles), Bill Viola (Long Beach, CA), Angela Washko (Pittsburgh) and Mathew Zefeldt (Minneapolis). Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, the Akron Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media Sponsorship is provided by Western Reserve PBS.

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October 19, 2019 – February 2, 2020

  • Sat Oct 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Oct 20, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Oct 22, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Oct 23, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Oct 24, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Oct 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Oct 26, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Oct 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Oct 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Oct 30, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Oct 31, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Nov 1, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 2, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 3, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 5, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Nov 6, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 7, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Nov 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 9, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 12, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Nov 13, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 14, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Nov 15, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 17, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Nov 20, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 21, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Nov 22, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 23, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 24, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 26, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Nov 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 28, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Nov 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 30, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 1, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 3, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 4, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 5, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 6, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 7, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 12, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 13, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 14, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 15, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 17, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 18, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 19, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 20, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 21, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 22, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 24, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 26, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 28, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 31, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 1, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 2, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 3, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 4, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 5, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jan 7, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 9, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 12, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jan 14, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 15, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 16, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 17, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 18, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jan 21, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 22, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 23, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 24, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 26, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jan 28, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 30, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 31, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Feb 1, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Feb 2, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Mixed Media

Visual Arts


Type

Exhibition


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